Orlando Magic Trades Could Make Them Legitimate NBA Finals Contenders

Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIDecember 18, 2010

CLEVELAND - APRIL 19:  Gilbert Arenas #0 of the Washington Wizards drives the ball upcourt in the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2008 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cavaliers won 93-86.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Orlando Magic have completed a major day of wheeling and dealing, and despite the number of premier players on the move to their new destinations, the Magic's new acquisitions could propel them back into NBA Finals contention.

To quickly summarize the situation, the Magic will acquire disgruntled Wizards PG/SG Gilbert Arenas and send three point sharpshooter Rashard Lewis to Washington.

In addition to the aforementioned trade, the Magic will also send Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and backup center Marcin Gortat to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu.

These acquisitions were smart decisions by Orlando as now they will have a consistent three point threat as well as one of the deepest benches in the NBA—as they will now have Clark, a very underrated player during his tenure with the Suns in addition to proven athletes such as Jason Richardson and Gilbert Arenas. 

Arenas, despite his reputation of being less than content with his role on the Wizards, has had a relatively quiet season in terms of distractions. Now, with Arenas more than likely becoming a key contributor on an excellent NBA team in the Magic, his name should not be synonymous with controversy as much as before.

The Orlando Magic have been overshadowed as a result of the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat's success, but Orlando has a decent team with their new acquisitions and could be in the mix as NBA Finals contenders.

Frankly, I do not see the Magic hoisting the Larry O' Brien Trophy come June but they have an excellent front court and a good cornerstone to build around for the future with the timely acquisitions, and all Orlando Magic fans should be optimistic of things to come.